The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does James think of in Chapter 11 as he deals with the passed out Hardeman?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 13, how does James decide his son's life in British Columbia must be?

3. Who is shot in Chapter 13?

4. According to Andahl in Chapter 9, what were the words on the boulder?

5. What false promise does Andahl make before parting ways with Volterra in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does James seduce Janet Ruffing at the end of Chapter 9?

2. How does James learn the truth behind the CIA in Chapter 13?

3. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?

4. What transpires during James' evening with Del Nearing in Chapter 10?

5. What is different about Chapter 14 from the rest of the novel?

6. How does Owen look in Chapter 12?

7. What offer does David Keller make James in Chapter 8, and how does James respond?

8. How does Owen experience the murder in Chapter 12?

9. In Chapter 8, what does James see in Mani that shakes him up?

10. What traumatic experience happens to Orville Benton in Chapter 14?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The place of America in the international community is a recurring motif in the narrative. How are all of the main characters - James Axton, Kathryn Axton, and Owen Brademas - at the back and call of this place? What new dangers are emerging from the ether in regards to Americans abroad? How is James Axton an operative of America in the hostile international world? How does Eliades represent the opposite, a spokesman and operative for a disgruntled world?

Essay Topic 2

In The Names, Don DeLillo has created a central mystery - the mystery of the cult - in which clues and revelations are annoyingly amorphous and cannot necessarily be trusted. Write an essay about the subjectivity of truth in the novel, focusing on three pieces of information that James Axton gleans in his investigation. Where does this information come from? What is James's attitude towards it? Does he think that it is ultimately trustworthy?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about Owen Brademas and his function thematically in the narrative. Based on first impressions from the opening chapters, what does Owen value above all else in life? What does he want to achieve? Discuss how these objectives drive Owen to seek out the cult, and how his skills make him the most effective of the searchers. Why does he become paralyzed by the prospect of meeting the cult? How does his experience with them leave him?

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